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Last night there seemed to be two themes on American Idol — choosing songs from the cinema and disregarding advice from Idol mentor/music producer powerhouse Jimmy Iovine. Rocker James Durbin did just that, as he was determined to bring authentic heavy metal to the Idol stage, even after Jimmy told him to change his song. So how did it turn out? 

James was joined with the legendary Zakk Wylde — who used to be the guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne and is founder of the heavy metal band Black Label Society.

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The duo rocked to Sammy Hagar‘s “Heavy Metal” from the 1981 cult film of the same name.

And the crowd went wild.

“Who would have ever thought that on American Idol we would have metal?” Jennifer Lopez said. “Like, heavy metal, like pure heavy metal. That was crazy!”

Randy Jackson couldn’t contain his excitement.

“You guys were just at a James Durbin concert,” he addressed the audience. “This is unbelievable, man. I’m happy you stuck to your guns. We always say to all of you kids, ‘Do you.’ Tonight you did you. Hopefully America will bring metal back because I can see you on stage with Avenge Sevenfold and Ozzy at the next Ozzfest.”

He then chanted “Durbin Rocks” followed by “Zakk Wylde” rocks numerous times.

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Zakk’s response: “He sang his a** off, man.”

James certainly got everyone’s attention, but do you think America is ready for a heavy metal Idol? Watch his performance below and share your thoughts in the comments!

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